The School for Life (SfL) is a NGO based in Tamale. Their “Literacy for Life Change” programme started in Northern Ghana in 1995. It targets out of school children, between the ages of 8 and 14, and, through an intensive nine-month programme, gives them adequate basic literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to integrate into formal primary schools.
DFID has provided support to SfL since 2008. The programme commenced in July 2008 and was originally scheduled to run for three years until December 2011. In 2011 DFID agreed to a one year extension to the programme, with a further one year extension being granted in 2012, making the total period of support over five years (July 2008 to December 2013).
The programme has been hugely successful, demonstrating a very cost effective way of reaching out-of-school children. A key strength is its flexible scheduling, offering tuition at times more suited to the needs of families and communities.
Anon. Assignment Report: School for Life Project Completion Report. HEART, UK (2013) 8 pp.